Progress 1000, the Evening Standard’s celebration of the people changing London’s future for the better, took place last night (03/10/19). Among the names of London's most influential people, which spans a range of disciplines including politics, culture, technology and health, were two King's surgeons.
Mr Rob Bentley, Consultant Cranio-Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon and Clinical Director of the South East London Kent and Medway (SELKaM) Trauma Network, was hailed for the work he has done on delivering London’s first 24-hour medical emergency helipad. The helipad, which opened in October 2016, became operational around the clock in March this year following approval from Lambeth council - a project that Mr Bentley led and took eight years of dedication to achieve. As a result, patients can now be transferred to our trauma centre from as far away as Margate in just 25 minutes.
Mr Duncan Bew, Clinical Director for Major Trauma and Acute Surgery, was a new entry on the list. He was recognised as a skilled medic whose energy and prominence as a campaigner against knife and gun violence led to his involvement in the Parliamentary Youth Violence Commission as well as the All Party Parliamentary Group and Select Committee on Serious Violence. Growing Against Violence, the charity he co-founded and which educates school children against the dangers of gang membership and knife violence, has reached 200,000 students across 1,000 schools in London since 2008. Mr Bew was also honoured for the life-saving surgery he carried out on survivors of the 2017 London Bridge terrorist attacks.